Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Syndicate defrauds businesspeople

By Lelethu Mquqo
20 April 2011


A syndicate falsely using the Public Works Department’s name has defrauded at least 13 Pretoria businesspeople out of more than R3 million.

The Hawks have reportedly arrested three suspects so far, who will appear in the Commercial Crimes Court today.

They allegedly used the names of senior Public Works officials to lure people into buying goods worth hundreds of thousands of rand, with which they then disappeared.

The department has been trying to solve the crime for the past two years.

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